tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS July 8, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
ambush in dallas. [ gunfire ] >> it's a sniper? >> get down. get down. get down. >> pelley: a gunman angry about police shootings of black men can kills five cops and wounds seven. >> the suspects say they want to kill white people, especially white officers. >> pelley: police use an unprecedented tactic to take the killer down. >> we saw no other option but to use our bomb robots. >> pelley: as protests continue against the violence that's sent american into mourning, the father of a fallen hero makes a plea for peace. >> stop, please! let's all get along. don't matter if you're black, wh g
the gunmen and engaged them in a firefight. seconds later, the officer was hit, and the gunman fled. the shooting started at about 8:45 p.m. central time just as the peaceful protest was ending. chants turned to screams as the crowd ran for cover. eyewitnesses reported shots coming from above. >> we started telling people to go back that way. >> we have a guy with a long rifle -- we don't know where the hell he's at. we've got one more shooter out here. >> there's one on the wall with the rifle hanging out. [ gunfire ] >> pelley: throughout the shooting, the gunman continued to target police. in the chaos, officers ran to the aid of fallen colleagues. the suspect then fled to a
say he shot through windows and doors to gain access and eventually holed up on the second floor of this campus building. it was there that police attempted to negotiate with 25-year-old micah xavier johnson an army veteran of the afghan war. in that conversation, they learned about his motives. >> the suspect said he was upset about black lives matter. he said he was upset about the recent police shootings. he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. >> pelley: he also told officers that "the end was near" and that "bombs had been placed throughout the city." after several hours, negotiations were down and another gun fite -- gun fight began. this is how it all ended. >> we saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a
device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was. >> pelley: tonight, a city and its police department are in mourning. >> we're hurting. dallas officers are hurting. we are heartbroken. >> pelley: and the entire nation is mourning tonight on the president's orders the flag at the white house flys at half-staff. mr. obama interrupted a nato summit today in poland to say this about the violence back home. >> i believe i speak for every single american when i say that we are horrified over these events and that we stand united with the people and the police department in dallas. >> pelley: here is what we know about the five officers who died. senior corporal lauren aarons was a
husband of a dallas police detective. sergeant michael smith was known as a cops cops' cop, a married father of two teenagers. brent thompson was a 43-year-old marine corps vet, a transit officer who had just married another officer two weeks ago. officer michael krol was 40 fulfilling a life-long dream to be a cop and 32-year-old patrick zamarripa was a navy veteran of iraq and a weapons' expert. he leaves a wife and a daughter two years old. we spoke today with his father, rick zamarripa. >> i always would text him when a police officer would get shot or something goes on. i would say "are you ok?" he would text me right back. he texted me something was
i called. he said get to parkland hospital right away. when with i got there, they took me to the room immediately. and i asked how is patrick? and one of his buddies that graduated with him, he turned around and said, no! i wish everybody could just get along. doesn't matter if you're black, white, blue, purple, green, just all get along. this has to stop. my son paid the ultimate price to take care of people. >> what has the world lost without patrick? >> they lost a lot. he was a young man. he was my boy. the world lost -- not just his daughter and his wife.
get married, have kids and become a grand daddy. hopefully god-willing, he'll give me the strength to get through. >> pelley: last night, dallas police officers formed an honor guard to salute the fallen as their bodies were taken from the hospital. most of the wounded officers have been released and all are expected to fall through. there were 800 people in the protest march last night. many of them not only witnessed the violence, they recorded it. here is manual bojorquez. >> reporter: only as soon as the first shots were fired, witnesses started sharing video of the attack on social media. >> don't worry, i'm behind a tree. >> it was a borage of bullets in the beginning when it first started. maybe five shots and
fire. >> reporter: this was freelance photographer michael bautista. he says he streamed video at first to let his family know he was ok, and then to let the public know to stay away. >> there's an officer down. >> i would have litrally -- >> close enough to seen officer go down? >> yes. close enough to see the ricochets of bullets hitting off glass and metal. >> reporter: dozens were caught in the crossfire. >> one was shooting in one direction. whoever was shooting was shooting back. that's how the war began jip the police started shooting right across the street. >> reporter: protesters hid inside a nearby mcdonald's. brandon jackson live streamed this video on facebook. >> everybody in the mcdold
we all started running -- everybody started running toward the back. we were hearing the gunshots. >> reporter: workers barricaded the doors with trash cans. jackson's friend, brenda randall was also there. they hid in the bathroom. >> the thought in everyone's mind once we got back there, we're like -- >> anyone could come in. >> there's nowhere to go. >> reporter: despite numerous videos of attack on social media scott, tonight police are still asking anyone with additional photographs or videos of the ambush to turn them over as they could still yield new clues. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez for us this evening. manuel, well done. thank you. police believe there were multiple snipers. three people were arrested. this evening, police say the three were not involved and federal officials say there's no evidence of an overseas terrorism link. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues is on the
jeff? >> reporter: scott, dallas police searched the gunman's home where they found an arsen arsenal. late today, they confirm they found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. micah johnson had served in the military for six years before getting out just over a year a ago. military record didn't foreshadow what happened in dallas last night. it wasn't antics of johnson firing down on police. in september 2013, he was activated to serve in the 420th engineer brigade in afghanistan. he went through basic training where he would have had to qualify on an m-16 or an m-4 which are basic rifles carried by soldiers. in the army reserve, he received several awards including an army achievement medal and a global war on terrorism service medal. the 25-year-old from mesquite, texas, was also active
facebook. on a page of the black panther party of mississippi, he posted a graphic video of dolphins being slaughtered and what he wrote suggests a hatred for whites. enjoyed killing and participating in the death of innocent buildings. -- beings. police don't believe johnson had in ties to the black lives matter movement and say he had no criminal record. scott, police are still trying to determine an image of who this killer was. we spoke with a former army soldier who served with him in the military who described him as happy-go-lucky. >> pelley: jeff pegues in it the washington newsroom. jeff, thank you. now joining us is the mayor of dallas, mike rawlings. good evening, mr. mayor. can you tell us anything about the police officers who are still in the hospital? >> the ones that just were wounded are doing
most of them have left. in fact, i think we're pretty close to getting rid of all of them at the hospital. so we are very fortunate about that obviously. we're sad about the ones that were deceased. >> pelley: we're standing on the opposite side of downtown from where you are at city hall and we're looking at a police road block here. what do you think america's ninth largest city will have downtown back again? >> it may be sunday before that happens. it's still an active crime scene. while we believe this is the lone shooter, we want to make sure we've got all the facts and evidence as much as possible. fortunately, this is a weekend and we won't have the business disturb wans we hav have -- disturbance we have on a normal day. we'll let people know as soon as we know. >> pelley: is there any reason to believe that anyone else was involvt
>> you know, that's what we're looking at. the co-conspirator, however you want to define it, who knew about this? who helped train this individual? who helped facilitate this process? that's what we're looking for now. it's a -- he's a pretty seasoned killer, if you ask me about how he was able to do that, and so that's where we go to the next act. >> pelley: mr. mayor, do you know what type of weapon he was using? >> . >> ar-15, enough power, fire power to pierce through bullet-proof vest and that's why several of our officers were killed. >> pelley: mayor mike rawlings of dallas, thank you, mr. mayor, for taking your time to be with us. dallas was one of several cities where large protests marchers were being held last n
the two deadly police shootings of black men in louisiana and minnesota. in new york, 40 arrests were made when marchers blocked streets. in oakland, 1,000 people blocked traffic on an interstate for several hours. and today in los angeles, about 100 protesters marched to police headquarters to urge better relations with minority communities. coming up next on "the cbs evening news" news, families of the men killed by police this week take a stand against the violence in dallas.
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moment two officers struggled with alton sterling outside of a convenience store before one of the officers shot him dead. police say sterling had a gun in his pocket. the next day, sterling's 15-year-old son, cameron, broke down at a rally at city hall. david begnaud spoke today with cameron's mother, quinyetta mcmillon. >> reporter: did your son see the video before you even knew it existed? >> yes. >> reporter: what was that moment like when he came to you? >> he just came to me and he was just screaming. he said, "momma, i got my daddy, my daddy -- why my daddy?" >> reporter: in regards to what happened in dallas, what is your reaction?
>> on -- violence don't take care of violence. the hurt of those families, the pain i know they feel -- because i'm going through it -- they hurt. it's just a bad situation. it's not right. >> tonight, louisiana's governor says there's no known threat from local law enforcement. right now, barricades are up around police headquarters. public access areas are closed. scott, people are protesting there for most of the day peacefully. >> pelley: david begnaud tonight david, thank you. next, we'll speak with the woman who made this haunting video as she watched her boyfriend die after he was shot by a police officer. like owen, it works fast. unlike him, it makes heartburn go away.
first aid after an officer shot him during a traffic stop in minnesota. the video was posted live on facebook by his girlfriend, diamon reynolds. anna werner spoke with her today. >> please, officer, don't tell me that you just did this to h him. >> reporter: people couldn't believe you had the presence of mind to be able to tape what happened. how -- >> i wasn't able to do it, but god told me to do it. at the end of the day, it's still their word against ours and i just wanted the people to see that we didn't do this to ourselves. >> reporter: but she doesn't think the way to answer incidents like castile's death is through violence. >> i'm a total disbelief behind what is going on in dallas. >> reporter: what do you think philando would have said about what happened in dallas last night? >> he would be hurt. he would be very, very sad and devastated. violence is not the key.
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not to make it better. but i do have one word that i think could help deescalate this crisis. it's a word that's been noticeably absent for most of the protests. you don't see it on signs or facebook means -- meems but it's not -- memes but it's not a word that insights people. the missing word is some, as in some police are bad, or conversely some police shootings are justified. it doesn't have to be some. any little modifier that takes the blanket out of the statement could make a big difference in tone. i was struck yesterday by an interview with michael mcclanahan, president of the naacp in baton rouge who went out of his way to include the modifier. >> what we're going to do today is root out the 1% of bad police officers that go around, the judge, the jury and the executioner of
period! steve: what if we all followed that lead? what if at the next march people shouted "black lives matter and good cops know it!" or "all lives matter but we recognize it's mostly the black ones that are being lost." just because our skin colors are black and white doesn't mean we can't speak in shades of gray or as the dallas mayor put it "words matter." >> i think that we have a tone in this country right now that our bellicose nature comes through our andhouths we need to shut them. -- our mouths and we need to shut them. we need to listen. steve: good advice, because when it comes to race in america, we can retreat to our corners, but at the end of the day, we're still sharing the same room. steve hartman, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: for many of you, this expanded edition of the cbs evening news from dallas will continue in a moment.